The visual cornucopia that is modern day Gucci continued on its quirky path, when Alessandro Michele revealed the Fall/Winter 2016 collection for men (although a few female models rocked the runway, too). The Milan show was where a brocade jacket with a raw hem shared space with a leather choker and salmon trousers. And where trans actress and model Hari Nef donned a monochromatic red outfit, replete with a hat, cape, shirt, trousers and shoes. A pair of shiny red glasses finished off the look.
Mr. Michele has caused a ripple effect in the fashion industry, which Observer has covered countless times. His embrace of quirky design, ’70s silhouettes and punchy prints has spread like the plague and his influence can be cited in a handful of collections from fellow designers. For this Fall collection, the creative director remained true to that three-item recipe that has turned Gucci into the brand on everyone’s lips.
Aside from plaid double breasted jackets with Chinese-inspired embroidery and a denim jacket lined with shearling and topped off with floral patches, it was most surprising to see characters from Charlie Brown included in the range. A tank top featuring Woodstock’s image was paired with a sparkling short suit; Snoopy showed up on a striped jersey. Finally, a sunshine yellow sweater with black stripes was a modern nod to Charlie Brown’s signature look. If Charlie actually had a pair of Gucci loafers, he wouldn’t be sad all the time.
Here, click through a selection of looks from the show.